- Freddy Mahhumane decided that university studies are not for him
- He dropped out and founded his own IT company
- He has now developed over 50 software programmes and has over 1,000 clients
A Gauteng-based man's decision to drop out of university to start his own business has paid off in a big way.
Freddy Mahhumane was studying information technology, with a specialisation in software development, before he opted out, Briefly.co.za learned.
He began creating solutions using open-source software and founded Open-Technik. He realised just how good he was when he won Best Newcomer at Novell South Africa Awards.
Freddy subsequently equipped himself with skills to succeed in his competitive industry. Open-Technik grew and now boasts over 1,000 clients countrywide and 50 software programmes.
Speaking to IOL, Freddy said his key to success is continuously seeking to improve:
As a young entrepreneur, I always look to improve my business and take it to great[er] heights. All my achievements are in the past and I have to work even harder to stay competitive.
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Although it was difficult at first because he had to build trust and relationships in the industry, he never gave up.
Freddy added that he always targets clients who are much bigger than his business in order to gain respect in his field.
The entrepreneur also participates actively in initiatives aimed at motivating the youth to start their own businesses. He uses his own story in this regard.
Freddy urged aspiring entrepreneurs to overcome the prevalent fear of starting a business:
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. So the man with courage is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.
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